Newsletter for January 1st 2017 – Mary Mother of God

Newsletter for January 1st 2017 – Mary Mother of God

By In Newsletter Blog On December 28, 2016


Times of Mass and Devotions

 Mary Mother of God 

Sat 31stCranleigh6.00pmVigil MassPeople of the Parish
Sun 1stBramley

Cranleigh

9.00am

11.00am

Parish Mass

Parish Mass

Fr Tony’s Ints

Fr Tony’s Ints

Wed 4thCranleigh7.30pmMass – St Elizabeth
Thurs 5thBramley10.00amMass
Fri 6thCranleigh10.00amSchool Mass for Epiphany
Epiphany of the Lord 
Sat 7thCranleigh

Cranleigh

1.15pm

6.00pm

Baptism of Tracy Orioha

Vigil Mass

Sun 8thBramley

Cranleigh

Bramley

9.00am

11.00am

4.00pm

Parish Mass

Parish Mass & Baptism

Vespers for Epiphany

 

 

The Divine Office – 20 minutes before weekday Masses    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 1 hour before weekday masses

Confessions – Saturday after mass and 5pm, Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday at 10.30am or by appointment at any time

Parish Prayer Group – Thursdays at 8pm – see website or notice board for details
Mothers Prayers – Thursdays during term-time at 2.30pm in JCROM Lady Chapel

We welcome Father Tony Bridson at all Masses next weekend. Fr David will be back from a break on Wednesday morning next week. Next Sunday we look forward to the baptisms of Tracy Orioha and Maddilyn Ludlow. Please pray for them.

 

Today’s Solemnity

We are all too old to remember but New Years Day was, at one time, not on the first of January but on the 25th March – the Feast of the Annunciation (Lady Day) although it was Julius Caesar who first set January the 1st as New Year’s Day – the Day when the Consuls of the Roman Senate took their seats. At one time Christmas Day marked the beginning of New Year as did March the 1st in some places. The Gregorian reforms of 1582 set January 1st as New Years day and also while they were at it they corrected the calendar that was misaligned with the sun by deleting ten days. This is why we pay our taxes on the 4th April as the City felt that ten days had been “stolen” from them and refused to pay tax until the 10 days had been put back in when we adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752. The 1969 revision of the liturgical calendar replaced the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus with the Mary, Mother of God and also the commemoration of the conferral of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters

I just wanted to comment on the Christmas celebrations, which were, I think, very lovely indeed. So many people helped to make them memorable and joyful even in the midst of the current feeling of doubt and uncertainty in the world. I really felt that the readings and the music contributed to a message of hope for us – that God knows our needs and fears and Jesus is his answer – and remains so.

I have been very touched by the many messages of support and thanksgiving and the many kind gifts, both monetary and in the form of food and drink. You have been most generous to Helen and me and we am very grateful. Looking forward to the new year I would just like to alert you to some programmes that will help us all grow deeper in faith and in the understanding of our catholic faith. I will be looking for participants and also people to help run them. They will be a lot of fun but also, most importantly, help us deepen our understanding of Jesus’ role in our lives and in the Church. The FHC programme continues as does the Confirmation programme. My thanks to the volunteers that give so much of their time and energies to both of those.

With my love

Fr David


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